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“The Avengers. It’s what we call ourselves, sort of like a team. ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ type thing.”

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The time has finally come for the ultimate battle to commence on United States soil. The director of S.H.I.E.L.D. decides to gather together Earth’s mightiest team of heroes to defeat Thor’s evil brother Loki from destroying New York City and taking over the world. Loki has recently discovered where the sacred Tesseract is and he decides to exchange it to an extraterrestrial race called the Chitauri. The leader of the Chitauri promises him an army in exchange for the Tesseract. When Loki attacks a research base, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. activates the “Avengers Initiative”. Loki is finally caught and being held prisoner, but the Avengers can’t agree on a way to punish him. After playing a trick on an agent from S.H.I.E.L.D., Loki escapes and uses the Tesseract to start his conquest of Earth. The Avengers gather together to help save New York City from being destroyed, but they are overwhelmed when masses of Chitauri head down to Earth. When things seem like they are turning for the worse, Iron Man intercepts a missile that was originally headed to New York, and takes it through the wormhole that is supplying Loki with his army. The missile explodes and destroys the source of the Chitauri’s power. Iron Man’s suit fails due to him being in space for too long and he plummets back to Earth, but the Hulk saves him before he crashes into the ground. A few days later, Thor takes his brother and the Tesseract back to his home planet where they can be kept safe. The Avengers know that they will return if they are ever needed to help save Earth again.

Overall, The Avengers was a very successful film. It grossed $1.5 billion worldwide and is also the 3rd highest grossing film of 2012. It also has the 3rd highest worldwide opening of an estimated $395.5 million. It is the 5th film produced and shared by Disney and the 12th film altogether to earn more than $1 billion in the box office. The film actually reached the $1 billion mark in just 19 days. On May 4, 2012, The Avengers was released into theaters in North America. On opening day it earned $80.8 million, making it the 2nd biggest single day gross. In its opening weekend the film earned an estimated total of $207 million which caused it to have an opening weekend record. The Avengers ended up being in 1st place in the North American box office for 3 weeks in a row.

I have always loved superhero movies. I’m not really sure why, but there is something about them that really grabs my attention. I love the high action and intense scenes that make up bite your nails and sit on the edge of your seat. They keep your brain on high alert to what is going to happen next.  I just really love the suspense, I believe most people do. The Avengers is a movie that will go down into the history books. It isn’t just a movie about one lone superhero. The entire plot of the film has to do with multiple heroes coming together to avenge the planet. The film shows the audience that working together can help get anything done and that you should stick up for someone or something that you love. Watching these different superhero movies gives me, in a way, a sense of peace. It makes me wonder if there really are people out there that are here to protect us. I believe that out there in the world, right at this very moment, there are heroes who will do anything to avenge our planet against evil.

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“This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows…compassion.”

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70 years has passed since Captain America has been seen. No one knows what happened to him and no one knows where to locate him. It has been 70 years since America has seen one of its best superheros. It all started in March 1942, when Nazi officer, Johann Schmidt, and his men steal the sacred Tesseract from Norway. Back in New York City, Steve Rogers is rejected for military duty due to his multiple health problems. Dr. Erskine hears Rogers reasoning for wanting to join the army and allows him to enlist. After committing a self-sacrificing act of bravery, Erskine decides that he is the right person for his “super soldier” experiment. Rogers later emerges taller and with more muscle. U.S. Senator Brandt decides that Rogers is going to tour America in a red, white, and blue costume as “Captain America” to convince the people of the United States to support war bonds. In 1943, Rogers is told that a unit that he was very close to was killed in battle. Unable to believe that the entire unit has been killed, Rogers goes on a solo rescue attempt. He goes behind enemy lines and frees the captured soldiers that America believes are dead. He runs into Schmidt along the way, but he escapes and leaves Rogers to return to base with the freed soldiers. Rogers gathers fellow soldiers to go on a mission to attack Schmidt’s remaining bases and to retrieve the Tesseract. Rogers leads an attack on the base and stops Schmidt from using deadly weapons on America. Schmidt escapes on a plane and takes the Tesseract with him. Along the way, Schmidt is killed and the Tesseract burns a hole through the plane and falls to Earth. Rogers knows that the plane can’t land without the dangerous weapons exploding, so he crashes it into the Arctic. Later, Rogers wakes up in a hospital in what is now present day New York City and is told that he has been asleep for 70 years.

Captain America: The First Avenger soared into theaters and earned an estimated $4 million in the midnight showings. The film out grossed other 2011 superhero movies and went on to make an estimated $65.1 million in what became the 2nd highest grossing opening weekend for a superhero film. In total, the film earned an estimated $368 million in the box office. It is currently listed as the 3rd highest grossing film set during the World War II era.

Captain America is definitely the most patriotic superhero that has ever been made. His costume of red, white, and blue with a star on his chest just screams “AMERICA!”. He is not my favorite superhero but I do think that it’s really cool that we have a superhero based off America. I think that the reason he is many people’s favorite hero is because he is so patriotic. Also, the fact that he saved America from being destroyed by Germany plays a role. Altogether, Captain America is a pretty cool hero. He may not be my favorite, but he plays a huge role when it comes to the Avengers and saving the Earth from being destroyed.

“Oh, no…this is Earth…isn’t it?

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The world has many heroes, but only one of them is a god. When the arrogant warrior, Thor, is banished from his homeworld of Asgard by his father, he must fight in order to reclaim his lost powers. He knows that the only way to have his powers is to prove to his father that he is worthy enough to have them. While on Earth, he falls in love with an astrophysicist named Jane Foster, who wants to help Thor regain his power. Back on Asgard, his brother, Loki, is plotting to overthrow his father and destroy Earth. While the brother’s father, Odin, is in a deep sleep, Loki finds out that he is actually the son of the leader of the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, who are an enemy of the Asgardians. Feeling betrayed, Loki sends an invasion force to destroy Thor and take out Earth with him. The fallen god of thunder knows the only way to save Jane is to rise to the battle and learn what it takes to become a true hero. The invasion force soon finds Thor and nearly kills him when he offers himself to be killed instead of his friends. Thor’s sacrifice proves him worthy to have his hammer, Mjolnir. The hammer soon returns to him, restoring his powers and allowing him to defeat the invasion force. Thor returns to Asgard to take on Loki and destroys the Bifröst Bridge to stop his plans. Thor’s father awakens and stops the brothers from falling into the dark abyss that was created by the bridge’s destruction, but Loki allows himself to fall when Odin rejects his pleas for approval. Thor apologizes to his father and admits that he isn’t ready to be king yet. Back on Earth, Jane and her team of scientists search for a way to open a portal to Asgard so Thor can return.

Thor opened in North American theaters on May 6, 2011 and went on to earn an estimated $65.7 million during its opening weekend, taking the #1 spot. Thor closed in theaters on August 25, 2011 with $181 million, becoming the 10th highest grossing film of 2011 in North America. The film earned an estimated worldwide total of $449 million. It is the 7th highest grossing Marvel film and the 3rd highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor is also the 15th highest grossing film of 2011.